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Yallahs, Jamaica

Temple Summer in Jamaica

Global Temple Conference

The group stops at a local bakery for ice cream
Picture yourself in Yallahs
Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!
Group of Temple students on an excursion to Reach Falls
Picture yourself in Yallahs
Make long-lasting friendships and connections at your service site. Start learning patois and speak like a local!

Jamaica International Service Learning and Research

The Jamaica International Service Learning and Community-Based Research program provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field. This program focuses on international service learning, diversity, and pro-poor development.

Program dates

Five weeks: early/mid-May through mid-June

Location

This program is based in Yallahs, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica

Language of instruction

English

Academic program

  • Focus on international service and community-based learning, diversity, and socio-economic development; open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Students take one integrated, interdisciplinary course, for three credits, and engage in a service/community-based service with a local partner organization
  • Course combines experiential learning at service sites with academic readings and discussions
  • Field projects vary depending on the needs of community-based partner organizations as well as your interests and skills
  • Provides an opportunity to explore the history, culture, socio-economic development, and formal and non-formal (community-based) education in Jamaica, while also learning what it means to be a global citizen in your chosen field
  • You may choose to focus on topics such as, but not limited to, gender issues, teen resilience, student learning and development, teacher collaboration, healthy lifestyles, community development, entrepreneurship, and all aspects of education

Students enroll in one course, Service Learning, for a total of three credits hours.

Service Learning
Undergraduates enroll in Education 2224: Service Learning (3 credits), Social Work 4000: Special Topics in Social Work (3 credits) or Sociology 2130: Selected Topics (3 credits)
Graduate students enroll in Urban Education 5515: Service Learning and Community Development (3 credits)

Enrichment

Weekends and some Fridays are devoted to educational travel/excursions. Specific destinations are selected based on student interests and may include visits to alternative tourism sites.

Faculty

Courses are co-taught by the Program Director, Dr. Cheri Carter, and Dr. Georgia Bianchi.

Housing

Participants are lodged either dormitory-style in a beachfront villa or in a nearby guest house in Yallahs.

Eligibility

Open to qualified students matriculated at U.S. colleges and universities.

Applying to the program

Application deadline:  February 15

For more information, contact: